Johnny Depp Rango. Johnny Depp is In the animated western Rango and has one of his best roles as a chameleon. He cuts loose in the Mojave Desert and turns into the gunslinging savior of a parched town.
True, he’s only the voice of Rango, but this is Depp, after all, who can do more with his voice than most actors can do with their entire body.
Rango, Johnny Depp, is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt. It is a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. It is a computer-animated comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. Depp’s is not the only standout voice work: Ned Beatty’s corrupt mayor, Bill Nighy’s Rattlesnake Jake, Timothy Olyphant’s Clint Eastwood parody, and Isla Fisher’s Beans, Rango’s lizardly love interest, are among the other standouts.
The visual effects by Industrial Light and Magic, designed by Mark “Crash” McCreery and his team, are state of the art, only occasionally veering into (literal) overkill. The animation is probably too scarily intense for children younger than around 8 years old. I noticed that the 5-year-old seated in my row laughed out loud at most of “Rango” but sunk into himself when the rattlesnake coiled into view.
I was pretty scared, too. Grade: A- (Rated PG for rude humor, language, action, and smoking.)
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